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Workers’ rights for French ‘Temptation Island’ contestant

A French court has ruled that three contestants from the French version of Temptation Island have the right to be treated as salaried workers. The judge awarded them €11,000 each and ruled that the former contestants were entitled to full employment contracts, which includes overtime, holidays and damages for wrongful dismissal upon elimination from the show, which could change the game for ousted reality TV contestants.
June 4, 2009

A French court has ruled that three contestants from the French version of Temptation Island have the right to be treated as salaried workers. The judge awarded them €11,000 (US$15,000) each and ruled that the former contestants were entitled to full employment contracts, including overtime, holidays and damages for wrongful dismissal upon elimination from the show, which could open the door for lawsuits from other ousted reality TV contestants.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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